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JAMES PARNELLPartner & Chief Financial Officer

What do you do?

I’m the accountant for the accountants! I’m one of the Partners and look after the firm’s finances. This includes our internal reporting, data and insight as well as our external reporting requirements. I also oversee our relationships with the banks that we work with.

Why do you do it?

I’ve always worked in much bigger businesses before but I took a call from a friend one day about joining CP and I jumped at the chance once I’d met some of the people here. The culture in the business is fantastic - we really want to make a difference in everything we do.  I’m supported but given as much room as I want to drive things forward and build the right team around me. I’m really enjoying myself!

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

In the two years I’ve been here I’ve helped to complete the integration of the business we merged with in the West Midlands, worked to carefully pull out of areas of the business that we didn’t feel were part of the firm’s longer-term future, refinanced all of our main banking facilities with HSBC, and opened a London office! That’s in addition to an enormous amount of change to how we do things within the Finance team, which is helping us to do our bit to drive the business forward every day.   

What's on top of your bucket list?

I have an ever-growing bucket list!! It’s hard to pick what should be top but I’d be really keen to see The Killers in their home town in Las Vegas, and then maybe hit the tables…


jamesp@cooperparry.com


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